Meet the Board


Melissa Thibodeau
Ex. Director, Heartland Rural Health Network

Vice President
M. Bryant Howren, PhD, MPH
Director, Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research & Policy
Florida State University College of Medicine

Joe Peters
Executive Director, Everglades AHEC

Sharon Johnston
Associate Director, Central FL AHEC

Past President
Leah V Compton, MA, MBA
Community Forensic Liaison
Florida Department of Children and Families
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office


Jeff Feller
WellFlorida Council

Louis Gaterio
Suncoast RHIO, Inc

Ralph Keith
Rash Curtis & Associates

Thomas J. Leach, FACHE
CEO of Medical Center Radiology Group in Orlando

Robert "Bob" Rihn, LCSW, CEO
Executive Director, Tri-County Human Services

Andrea Stephenson-Roster
Health Council of Southeast Florida

Kendra Siler-Marsiglio, PhD
President, CommunityHealth IT

Lela Shepard, MS, PMP, CPM
Director for the Office of Rural Health, Florida Department of Health

Ex-Officio Contract Managers
Sarah Catalanotto, Laura Hampson & Elizabeth Pate
Suwannee River AHEC & FRHA
Email: [email protected]


FRHA Committees

Communication and Membership Committee
1. Broaden and increase membership. 
2. Contribute to newsletter communications with members.
3. Develop membership 

Conference Committee
1. Hold well organized & well attended the annual conference
2. Increase the number of vendors and/or amount of income each year
3. Provide pre-meeting for Rural Health Networks, Rural Hospitals, Rural EMS